Page 16 - Commercial Vehicle Engineer - November 2018
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Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK: nationwide survey of drivers and vulnerable road-users.
R oad safety progress in the UK is “stuck in the
slow lane”, according to the country’s biggest and most in uential
charity in this  eld. Strong reaction to the latest, provisional, road casualty  gures published this month by the government’s Department for Transport (DfT) comes from Neil Greig, director of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), now trading as IAM RoadSmart.
“Road safety in the UK seems to be once again bumping along the  oor with no forward progress,” he says. “With eight years without progress it is clear that we have an increasingly complex picture of good news, such as safer cars and investment in new roads, being
cancelled out by more traf c and a hard core of human behaviour issues that
are the most dif cult to tackle. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and
the Department of Transport has rightly identi ed young drivers, older road users, rural roads and motorcycling as its key priority areas. Today’s  gures are a sharp reminder that their eagerly awaited action plan for the next two years cannot come too soon.”
The latest DfT estimates show that 1,770 people were killed on Britain’s roads in the twelve months to June. This annual death toll has scarcely changed since 2012. The total number of people killed and seriously injured on Britain’s roads
in the year ending June is put at
26,610, compared with 26,664 in
the previous year.
IAM RoadSmart is far from alone
in being dismayed at the lack of road safety progress made since targets
were scrapped by the then coalition government in 2010. Edmund King is president of the AA, one of the UK’s
two biggest roadside recovery service operators. “Progress in reducing road fatalities has been stalled for far too long,” he says. “We feel it is time to bring back
a challenging target and aim to reduce annual road deaths to zero within ten years. We should also improve driver education, police enforcement and indeed engineering of some of our most dangerous roads.”
Truck manufacturers are increasingly keen to do all they can to drive down road casualty  gures. Seeking to identify what action would be most effective,

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